The world we live in today is based completely on
technology. It surrounds us, and we have allowed it to embed itself in our
lives today. Living in the 21st century, we simply cannot deny the fact that
without science and technology, our lives would not be as half as easy as it is
now. For every technology that makes our lives comfortable, we have to thank
the tech geniuses behind the idea. We cannot imagine Apple without Steve Jobs or
Microsoft without Bill Gates.
Like ways, we have compiled a list of tech geniuses of our
Sergey Brin and Larry Page (Google)
What is the defining contribution to technology made by
Larry Page and Sergey Brin? The answer is Google, the single most important business
in Silicon Valley today.
What fascinated so many early fans was Google’s constant
pursuit of refinement and efficiency in its search algorithm. While other
search engines’ results tended to be loaded with spam, Google’s were generally
on target. The company had lots of other tricks up its sleeve as well: the
rapidly growing Google universe now grants handfuls of productivity and
entertainment tools – from word processing to video – most of them free,
underwritten by the company’s universal ad-serving system.
Bill Gates (Microsoft)
The world’s richest man is also one of its most outstanding
technologists–a guy who dropped out of Harvard to launch Microsoft to find the
company that all techies are closely familiar with. No hands-off executive,
Bill Gates has been involved with Microsoft product development at an amazingly
detailed level over the company’s entire 30-year history.
Gates left Microsoft in July 2008 to focus full-time on his
non-profit endeavor, the Gates Foundation, which he has provided with an
eye-popping $29 billion to strengthen global health and learning.
Steve Jobs (Apple)
The King of Apple, Steve Jobs is familiar to even the most
random non-technophile. Jobs lays claim to two critical moments in tech
history. First, with the original Apple, he established the idea that computers
belong in the home; and then, 20 years down the line, he proved the world that
people ought to carry their (digital) music with them wherever they travel.
Apple may not have developed the PC, and it certainly didn’t
make the first MP3 player, but Jobs’ famous “reality distortion field” has
shown that who got there first is sometimes less important than what they
brought with them. Today, Apple is bigger than ever, owning market share since
the company started off.
Evan Williams, Christopher Isaac Stone and Jack Dorsey
The founders introduced Twitter at South by Southwest in
Austin, Texas. Their first tweet? “Inviting co-workers.” Since then, a flood of
messages, no greater than 140 characters, has streamed from the site. As of
September, Twitter had more than 100 million active users around the world.
“We got lucky,” says Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. “It
doesn’t mean we’re geniuses.”
It may be luck or genius, but the microblogging site has
grown to be one of the most popular websites in the world in the four years
since it was first launched. With over 302 million users, Twitter has become
popular not only as a social networking site, but as a grassroots news outlet
for late-breaking events. The road that came before, however, was not an easy
one for the young company.
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)
Mark ZuckFacebook CEO and Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg,
27, has changed the way we communicate, not only online but in other areas of
our life. The social network platform that began in a dorm room in 2004 has
arguably waived the need for high school yearbooks, greeting cards and
reunions. It’s a website that is now used by 300 million people around the
Since then, Zuckerberg has grown into his role as the face
of Facebook, which is now valued more than $200 billion.
Lei Jung (Xiaomi)
As a startup CEO, Lei Jun prided himself on out hustling his
competitors: 100-hour workweeks were standard. It is his pride that has allowed
Xiaomi to quickly emerge as one of the world’s most valuable private tech
companies. Today, Lei ranks as the eighth richest person in China.
Xiaomi is winning by giving the Chinese what they want:
Cheap, feature-packed Android phones. Xiaomi will sell 60 million handsets in
2014, doubling 2013’s total; its $5.5 billion in sales in the first half of
2014 surpassed all of 2013, when its phone division netted an estimated $80
million. With Asia accounting for more than half of the 1.5 billion smartphones
sold worldwide each year, that feat alone has vaulted Xiaomi to number three in
the world, after Samsung and Apple. Lei has been called the Steve Jobs of
China, and for good reason.
Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia)
In 2001, Wales founded the open-content internet resource
Wikipedia, which later became the world’s largest encyclopedia. Wales also
founded the for-profit web-hosting company Wikia, and has advised governments
and universities. The online encyclopedia also has a co-founder in the form of
Larry Sanger, who helped develop the project but left in 2002 shortly after it
The origins of Wikipedia began in March 2000, when Wales
began Nupedia (“the free encyclopedia”), which was identified by an extensive
peer-review process designed to make its articles of a quality similar to that
of acknowledged encyclopedias. With the addition of wikis (a collection of web
pages designed to allow anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify
content), the project was named “Wikipedia.” Mr. Wales laid down the founding
principles and content, establishing an Internet-based community of
contributors during that year. Wikipedia was initially meant to be a wiki-based
site for collaboration on early encyclopedic content for submission to Nupedia,
but Wikipedia’s rapid growth quickly overshadowed Nupedia’s development.
Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim (YouTube)
YouTube was invented by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed
Karim out of a garage in Menlo Park. Hurley attended Indiana University of
Pennsylvania, where he received his bachelor’s degree in fine art. After
graduating, he joined eBay’s PayPal division, primarily focusing on user
interface. It was there that he met Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, with whom he
founded YouTube.com, a video-sharing website, in 2005.
YouTube quickly became one of the web’s fastest-growing
sites, and was ranked as the 10th most popular website just a year after its
launch. There are reportedly 100 million clips viewed daily on YouTube, with an
additional 65,000 new videos uploaded every 24 hours.
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